Foundation Courses In Australia: A Complete Guide


International Chinese students are discussing foundation courses in Sydney and Melbourne.


Did you know that if you choose to study a foundation course in Australia, it can get you accepted into one of the renowned universities in the country?


This policy was introduced by educational institutions and allows students to complete a foundation year at a university. If you meet the grade requirements, you’ll be eligible to obtain an academic degree in Australia.


International students planning to study in Australia may need to take up a foundation degree to cover the gap between their home educational system and the one in Australia. Read this article to know more about foundation courses.



1. Foundation Year in Australia


A foundation year prepares a great number of international students in Australia to enter their desired area of study. It is basically an introduction into a full-degree program that lasts for a period of one year.


Foundation studies include both elective and compulsory subjects divided into streams like science and business studies. Also, English language support is generally available.



2. Why study a Foundation Program?


  • Get individual attention with a supportive learning environment, small classrooms and personal student care.


  • Study university relevant subjects with high-quality course content and exceptional teaching.


  • Flexible options for students who have just completed their 11th year and want to jumpstart their international education.


  • Students who complete their foundation studies program do not have to provide IELTS evidence in order to satisfy the English language requirements set up by the university.


  • After completing a Foundation Studies Program (FSP), you’ll get a direct pathway to enter a university.



3. The Best Universities in Australia Offering Foundation Courses


Many schools, universities and vocational education and training institutions in Australia offer foundation study courses.


Some of the foundation courses are available at university campuses, which gives students access to a few amenities like computer laboratories, libraries, student clubs, sports centres, housing and health facilities.


The most common feature of foundation studies is that a university will give you a provisional place in an undergraduate program - under the condition that you’ll achieve required grades.


Here are some top universities in Australia that provide foundation courses:



All Australian universities mentioned above offer international foundation year programs to help students enter into academic life.


Most universities provide preparation courses at a pre-bachelor level so that it’s easy for you to enrol into a top university if you are aiming for an undergraduate program.



4. Foundation Course Study Areas Offered by Australian Universities


There are various foundation course study fields offered by universities in Australia. Studying a subject covered by the international pathway curriculum of the institutions will increase your chances of getting accepted by top universities in Australia.


These are the main disciplines for university preparation that you should consider:


  • Science - studies in physics, scientific communication, mathematics, engineering principles and computing.


  • Computer Science & IT - studies in databases, algebra, web development, business information systems and web development.


  • Health Science - studies in health challenges, anatomy, chemistry and physiology.


  • Engineering - studies in digital/analogue electronics, physics, materials technology, computer science, and chemistry.


  • Commerce/ Accounting - studies in accounting principles, introductory marketing and management principles, microeconomics, statistics and mathematics.


In addition to specific subject studies, many institutes help Australian international students with project management, communication skills, academic English, learning at university, technology laboratory work, and more.


Introductory pathways offered by the Australian universities also prepare students for different other areas like biosciences, liberal studies, media and communication, hotel management, international tourism, arts, fashion design, etc.


The only thing that you need to do now is to select the right study area and start preparing for a degree in one of the top universities in Australia.



5. Entry Requirements


The admission criteria for Australian foundation programs are comparatively lower as compared to a Master’s or Bachelor’s degree. University preparation courses usually have two types of entry requirements for international students in Australia:



Most of the institutions require students to have a qualification that is equivalent to the 12th year in Australia (completion of high school).


Other universities may require you to complete the VCE (Victorian Certificate of Education) - secondary certificate of education in Australia or equivalent. To gain entry to a foundation course, you may have to meet standards for spoken and written English.


The entry requirements may vary between various courses, so you need to check with the university and see the exact specifications you need to meet to enrol in a specific course. Through preparation courses, you’ll obtain the essential foundation knowledge for a university degree course in Australia.



6. Foundation Courses Tuition Fees


Each university in Australia has its own tuition fees structure for foundation courses. They vary depending on the duration of the program, where you want to study and what you want to study.


The estimated Foundation course fee is somewhere between AUD$15,000 and $39,000.


Useful Topics to Explore:

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⇒ What does it cost to study in Australia?
⇒ The Ultimate Guide to Australian Visas
⇒ Applying to Study in Australia: Student Timeline
⇒ Enligsh Language Courses Overview (ELICOS)
⇒ MBA and Management Education in Australia 
⇒ Vocational Education & Training Courses (VET)
⇒ Technical and Further Education (TAFE)
⇒ Higher Education - Undergraduate Level
⇒ Higher Education - Postgraduate Level
⇒ Study Abroad & Student Exchange
⇒ Online & Distance Education
⇒ Secondary Education

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